Closing the Gap Between Students and the Workforce

Richardson Elementary was awarded a computer science grant at today’s Governor’s 2019 Future Ready Iowa Summit. This event was held at the Iowa Event Center in Des Moines, Iowa. This summit focuses on expanding STEM education and workplace partnerships. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines; science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At this summit, school, student, business, and government leaders from across Iowa, assembled to connect and propel STEM education and workplace readiness.

Six $50,000 awards were given to school districts both public and non-public across the state with one award in each of the state’s STEM regions. In order to be considered, the 30 applicants had to have an elementary building with at least 40 percent of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch. The goal of the FMCSD Computer Science in Elementary program, is to create a K-12 pathway of computer science instruction that builds from the early years. The K-3 focus is for all students, but especially female and minority students, to experience computer science as a creative tool for self expression while utilizing problem-solving processes.

FMCSD recognizes the importance of providing our students with STEM education as it is becoming increasingly relevant to workplace readiness. The jobs of the future look different than they used to. That is why it is essential for our community to stay on the forefront of STEM education. FMCSD is excited to further engagement in work-based learning and provide opportunities for students of Fort Madison, Iowa.

Pictured above is Rachella Dravis (Tecnology Integrator), Kim Harmon (Director of Curriculum & Student Services), Kim Reynolds (Governor) and Adrian McKay (Richardson Elementary Principal).

A variety of sessions were held at this summit to share ideas on incorporating STEM education in student learning. These sessions also focused on community integration and preparing our students for the workforce and higher education. Pictured above is Rachella Dravis, learning about growing STEM within the community.

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